Residential Controls

Jan. 14, 2014: Google to Acquire Smart Thermostat Maker Nest

Nest Also Offers Smoke/CO Alarm
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Google Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs Inc., manufacturer of the Nest Learning Thermostat, for $3.2 billion in cash. 


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Bringing Work Home:

Contractors Sample Smart Products On Their Own

Hands-on Approach Allows Contractors to Practice What They Preach
By Kimberly Schwartz
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Instead of just reading the literature or talking to their distributor about the product, some contractors are literally bringing their work home with them by installing these products inside their own residences.


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Smart HVAC Products Getting Even Smarter

Consumer Expectations Set Trends for More Data, Connected Solutions
By Kimberly Schwartz
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As technology is becoming increasingly accessible and interconnected, consumer demand is fueling the rise of intelligent products in the HVAC marketplace.


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Oct. 15, 2013: Nest Announces Developer Program for its Learning Thermostat

Nest to Work with Select Partners to Build Connected Home Experiences
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Nest Labs Inc. has announced plans to begin working with developers on new ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances and home automation.


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Oct. 4, 2013: Honeywell Announces Voice-Activated Thermostat

Consumers Can Now Connect with Their Thermostat with Voice Technology
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Honeywell has introduced its new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. The company said the new voice technology allows consumers to simply say, “Hello, thermostat,” to activate and control their home’s temperature.


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Venstar Inc.: Supply-Air Sensor Monitoring Thermostat

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When used with the ACC-DSEN supply air sensor, the unit enables contractors to troubleshoot their ColorTouch® thermostat clients’ HVAC units from virtually anywhere via the Internet. 


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Contractor Tips for Installing, Troubleshooting Thermostats

Seasoned Contractors and Technicians Share Experience, Advice
By Jen Anesi
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With so many options, how do you help your customers select the best thermostats for their lifestyles, and what do you do if that thermostat isn’t working the way it’s supposed to? 


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High-End Thermostats, Controls Gain Traction

New Products Feature Bells, Whistles, and Energy Savings
By Jen Anesi
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Despite recent advances in technology, industry leaders agree that only time will tell what features and services might become standard on future generations of high-end thermostats and controls.


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Industry Backs Mercury Recycling Efforts

Programs Encourage Distributors, Contractors to Collect Mercury-Containing Thermostats
By Jen Anesi
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While having mercury thermostats in homes and buildings across the U.S. is not necessarily a bad thing, controlling what happens to those thermostats after they’ve been pulled off the wall is vital in keeping the powerful neurotoxin out of the environment. 


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Sept. 20, 2013: Schneider Electric Adopts AutoGrid for its Home Management System

System Will Give Homeowners a Closer Connection to Their Energy Information
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Schneider Electric, a leader in energy management, and AutoGrid Systems, a leader in big data analytics for the electricity and energy industry, have announced a partnership to bring demand response and big data analytics services to utilities, service providers, and consumers in North America.


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